In addition to increasing trade between Britain and Africa, AfCFTA also offers the opportunity to diversify trade with Africa, which currently focuses on the region`s five largest economies (72% leave or come from South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Morocco) to the 54 countries, especially the hard-to-reach landlocked countries. The UK`s negotiations on an autonomous trade agreement with Kenya by the end of the year are fuelling tensions between Nairobi and its partners in a regional trade group. The UK has left the EU. The withdrawal agreement sets out how the UK can continue to ignore trade agreements between the EU and third countries until 31 December 2020. A spokesman for the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) said Britain was currently demanding „with Kenya and all EAC countries to reach a trade agreement on the basis of the EAC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.“ „Before the end of the Brexit transition period, DIT wants to conclude an agreement that ensures Kenya`s preferential access,“ the spokesman added. The document describes an „extraordinary meeting“ of the EAC Business Council on 11 September, attended by senior officials from all Member States to discuss negotiations in the UNITED Kingdom. Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda agreed that the ABC should negotiate in bulk. They also agreed that more time would be needed to prepare and conduct the negotiations. Countries have warned Kenya against a consensus-free agreement in Britain.
For example, last September, the United Kingdom entered into an economic partnership agreement with the South African Customs Union (Sacu), composed of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Mozambique. Since the UK has decided to leave the EU, this means that it will no longer be part of the EU-SADC EPA. This in turn implies that trade between the CDAA countries and the United Kingdom would no longer benefit from the preferential conditions that existed under the EPO`s EU-SADC. After leaving the European Union, the UK plans to negotiate trade agreements to replace and complement members of the EU Customs Union. Since October 2020[update], the UK has concluded a new trade agreement (with Japan) for the continuation of 20 existing agreements (EU) and new negotiations are under way. The British government calls itself a proponent of free trade.   The UK Government has powers over issues relating to trade agreements and international agreements, as well as the right and power to enact laws on all matters on the basis of parliamentary sovereignty, but the UK government will generally seek the consistent advice of the Devolved Parliament (s) when areas conflict with issues of decentralized jurisdiction regardless of their ability to legislate , they essentially say that trade conditions (tariffs, quotas, standards, etc.) remain the same as those currently located between a number of african countries and trading blocs and the EU. In reality, it is impossible to say what might happen, but it highlights the complexity of cross-cutting trade negotiations. Updated to reflect ongoing trade negotiations with Turkey and Vietnam The following agreements are still being discussed with countries where EU trade agreements exist. If the UK is not willing to negotiate only with the bloc, non-governmental organisations and experts are concerned that this will lead to a further discoloration of the already strained trade relations within the group. After two years of negotiations, a new agreement, SACUM-UK EPA, was reached in September 2019. This is essentially a transfer of the terms of the CDAA-EU EPA to the new SACUM-UK EPA.
These conditions apply: the EU-SADC EPA establishes rules of origin that must be respected in order for products to enjoy preferential market access.